Pyrrhic victory


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Pyrrhic victory

A victory that is not worth achieving because of the excessive toll it takes on the victor. Winning the lawsuit was a Pyrrhic victory, since it cost us everything we had.
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Pyrrhic victory

A victory that is offset by staggering losses, as in The campaign was so divisive that even though he won the election it was a Pyrrhic victory . This expression alludes to Kind Pyrrhus of Epirus, who defeated the Romans at Asculum in b.c. 279, but lost his best officers and many of his troops. Pyrrhus then said: "Another such victory and we are lost." In English the term was first recorded (used figuratively) in 1879.
See also: pyrrhic, victory
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Indeed, the Ashes victory could turn out to be a Pyrrhic victory for both Giles and his close friend Michael Vaughan, who is scarcely faring any better with his knee problem.
Now it seems likely that the firm has indeed triumphed over the likes of Virgin and Danish state railways, we hope we are not popping our champagne corks to celebrate a Pyrrhic victory.
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It was a Pyrrhic victory for the royals, whose exercise in damage limitation has cost them dear in credibility.
It's become a way of referring to a pyrrhic victory by saying what you've done is like ``winning a rubber of bridge on the Titanic''.
With the gap between Hearts and Rangers down to one point after the Gers beat Kilmarnock yesterday a Bhoys win could turn out to be a pyrrhic victory as it might assist Alex McLeish's team to finish second and pip today's visitors to the second Champions League place.
I recognise what Tony Blair and Alastair Campbell did not after their pyrrhic victory in January - that nobody in this saga behaved perfectly.
It was finished with the June 2003 deal that could best be described as a Pyrrhic victory.
It would have been a pyrrhic victory,'' said Carney's attorney, David Pillemer.
It was, however, to prove a somewhat pyrrhic victory, the winner being subsequently withdrawn from the competition having sustained a serious wrist injury.
The 34-17 victory over Worcester may have provided some respite for Moseley followers, who had been enduring poor results on the pitch and uncertainty off it, but it was a Pyrrhic victory.
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Hey Republicans: Do you know what a Pyrrhic victory is?